New Technology Added to Children’s Room at Watertown Library

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The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library.

The Watertown Free Public Library announced new technology that has recently been added to the Children’s Room. See details below:

Libraries are vital access points for technology in any community, and the Watertown Free Public Library is no exception. Recently, the WFPL Children’s Room has made some changes to technology offerings that fit perfectly with the library’s mission to “connect people to ideas, information, education, creative opportunities, and each other.”

In September, the Children’s Room began lending Launchpads for in-library use. These are small, portable touchscreen tablets pre-loaded with early learning games and puzzles that feature everything from farm animals, dinosaurs, and the human body to favorite characters like Rescue Bots and My Little Pony. Launchpads can be used for two hours within the library and must be checked out with a library card. These devices are recommended for ages 3-7.

With more hand-held devices now available, the Children’s Room has reduced the number of desktop computers to one. There are still many laptops available for in-library use with your library card, perfect for anyone who wants to use a computer for an extended period of time. Access to printing, internet, and applications remain the same across desktop and laptop computers.

The Watertown Free Public Library believes that these changes will foster greater intentionality with screen time in the Children’s Room. “We know that it is particularly important for children under two years old to have extremely limited screen time.” says Kazia, a WFPL Children’s Librarian. “And it is particularly difficult for toddlers to understand how what they are seeing on screen relates to the real world. However, young children can benefit from both limited screen time and actively engaging with their caregivers as they delve into the digital world.”

The library encourages caregivers to use the American Academy of Pediatrics Media Use Guidelines for recommendations on navigating screen time with your child.

About the Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Free Public Library provides access to a wide variety of popular materials, resources, services, and programs that fulfill the informational, cultural and recreational needs of Watertown and surrounding communities. The WFPL works to create an environment that attracts and welcomes users of all ages and abilities.

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